Three Days of the Condor

Three Days of the Condor

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Director: Sydney Pollack

Cast: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson

     
 

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One of the best movies of the 1970s and one of the finest thrillers ever made, Three Days of the Condor was one of the first DVDs to be released by Paramount Pictures. Often considered director Sydney Pollack's best feature, the print has been remastered in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that shows off Owen Roizman's letter-perfect cinematography. Roizman also… See more details below

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One of the best movies of the 1970s and one of the finest thrillers ever made, Three Days of the Condor was one of the first DVDs to be released by Paramount Pictures. Often considered director Sydney Pollack's best feature, the print has been remastered in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that shows off Owen Roizman's letter-perfect cinematography. Roizman also lensed such landmark 1970s thrillers as The French Connection and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three and it's nice to see his beautiful work treated respectfully here. The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track is well balanced and clean -- it accurately reflects the print originally released in theaters in 1975. While the only real extra offered with this edition is the original theatrical trailer, fans of Three Days of the Condor will still return to this DVD again and again.

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One of the most memorable paranoid thrillers of the 1970s, Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor never loses its focus as a tense, compelling exercise in suspense. The plot rests on the premise that everyone with power is corrupt; Pollack and writers Lorenzo Semple, Jr. and David Rayfiel keep the proceedings from devolving into the preposterous or unconvincing. True to form, Robert Redford represents the powerless, non-corrupt masses as the film's bookish CIA researcher Turner. Unlike some of the bleaker examples of the genre (1974's The Parallax View), Redford's character ultimately outwits the system and finds a way to fight the corruption, much as he would the following year in All the President's Men. Redford's charisma smoothes over some of Condor's less-believable moments, and Sydney Pollack directs in the distinctively gloomy but lively style common to 1970s films. This was the fourth film on which the director and star teamed up; they would continue to work together on movies such as 1985's Out of Africa and 1990's Havana.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/1999
UPC:
0097360880373
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:57:00

Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9 ; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 surround; English Dolby surround; English subtitles; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Redford Joe Turner
Faye Dunaway Kathy Hale
Cliff Robertson Higgins
Max von Sydow Joubert
John Houseman Wabash
Carlin Glynn Mae Barber
Addison Powell Atwood
Michael Kane Wicks
Walter McGinn Sam Barber
Hansford Rowe Jennings
Helen Stenborg Mrs. Russell
Robert Dahdah Santa Claus
Tina Chen Janice
Don McHenry Dr.Lappe
Michael Miller Fowler
Jess Osuna The Major
Dino Narizzano Harold
Patrick Gorman Martin
Hank Garrett Mailman
Arthur French Messenger
Jay Devlin Tall Thin Man
Robert Phalen Newberry
John Randolph Jones Beefy Man
Lee Steele Heidegger
Ed Crowley Ordinance Man
John P. Connell TV Reporter
Norman Bush Police Lieutenant
James Keane Store Clerk
Ed Setrakian Customer
Myron Natwick Civilian
Michael Prince Civilian
Carol Gustafson Landlady
David Allen Kid
Marian Swan Nurse
Dorothi Fox Nurse
Ernest Harden Teenager

Technical Credits
Sydney Pollack Director
Joseph G. Aulisi Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen B. Grimes Production Designer
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Donald Guidice Editor
Augie Lohman Special Effects
Dennis L. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Piantadosi Sound/Sound Designer
David Rayfiel Screenwriter
Owen Roizman Cinematographer
Gene Rudolf Art Director
Stanley Schneider Producer
Peter R. Scoppa Asst. Director
Lorenzo Semple Screenwriter
Frederic Steinkamp Editor

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Scene Index

Scene Selection
0. Scene Selection
1. The American Literary Historical Society [:08]
2. Out To Lunch [3:13]
3. Condor [4:11]
4. The Ansonia Hotel [1:45]
5. Still In Flight [4:51]
6. Some Safe Quiet Time [4:37]
7. Sam's Apartment [6:13]
8. Lonely Pictures [2:30]
9. The Mailman [5:40]
10. Sparrow Hawk [7:05]
11. The Suspicion Business [:14]
12. Leonard Atwood [6:36]
13. Fine Qualities [5:08]
14. Oil Fields [7:34]
15. For That Day [:05]
16. Telling Stories [7:13]

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